Making your own perfume from scratch might sound complicated, but it’s actually a lot simpler than you think. Most perfumes are nothing more than a mixture of fragrant oils, water and alcohol. Simply mix it all together and spritz! So break out that pretty spray bottle you’ve been saving and let’s bottle some blooms.
How to Make Flower Petal Perfume
Rather than just mixing fragrances willy-nilly, scents should be layered to create base-fragrances, mid-tones and top notes. When you smell a perfume, the top notes are typically the first thing you smell, followed by mid and then base notes. But when making your perfume, you’ll want to start with base notes first and work your way up.
For base notes, think heavier, warm scents like vanilla, cedarwood, frankincense and sandalwood. For middle tones, your typical floral fragrances work well. Then finish things off with orange and bergamot for the top notes.
- 1 cup fresh flower petals
- 5 drops essential oil (I used something called Spring Love)
- 1/2 cup vodka (I used Cotton Candy flavoured Vodka)
- 3 cups distilled water
- Glass jar or beaker
- Glass or plastic spray bottle (You can get the travel size bottles at Lowe's)
- Decide what scent you're going for. This is a great time to scope out your garden (or head to a friend’s house and ask to use some of her flowers) and play with different fragrance combinations. I used the flowers we were given for Mike's death.
- Place flower petals in a glass jar or beaker and cover with vodka. Let sit for 24 hours.
- Using a spoon, mash the petals to release the oils, then add the distilled water. Cover and let sit for another 7 days. Every couple days, check on your concoction and use a spoon to mash the petals even further.
- Strain the mixture into a perfume bottle and store in the fridge when you're not using it. I chose not to strain because the petals make the bottle look so much prettier!
- To use, shake the mixture to blend the oils and spritz on pulse points.